Post # 1
Just wondering, I’ve been going to the gym 3-4x per week, and I do the elliptical for 30 minutes. Is that something like weights? How your muscles start to get used to the same exercise and then you plateau? Or can i continue to do the elliptical and continue to see results??
Post # 3
Yup, your body is always going to get used to whatever kind of exercise you’re doing, cardio or weight-traning. Just remember to vary the intensity – up the incline or the resistance when you feel like it’s getting too easy.
Post # 4
@lilybay: is right, your body will generally get used to whatever you’re doing. I like to switch it up while using the elliptical, so go forwards for 5 or 10, then go backwards, up your inclines and then lower them, same with the resistance. The machines we have show which muscles you’re using most depending on the incline, so I try to make sure I do some ‘just glutes’ and some ‘all leg,’ etc etc.
This makes me want to buy an elliptical for my house 🙂
Post # 5
Very interesting, I think I will be doing different levels from now on!
Post # 6
You will definitely plateau, especially on an elliptical. One thing to help is to do intervals on it, or to try different inclines each day. In college I would do the elliptical 6-7 days per week and always did 30-60 minutes—and then I stopped losing weight. Mix it up with running or swimming or workout classes. You can still come back to the elliptical a few times a week as long as you are mixing it up.
Post # 7
If you are looking to mix it up on the elliptical I would recommend doing the “aerobic/aerobic interval” workout. It is a preset circuit workout, typically under one of those names. I love it because is breaks your workout up into 10-12 minute circuits of 30 second to1 minute intervals of legs only, reverse, push with arm, pull with arm, speed work, etc.